Rethinking Political Islam is an innovative initiative designed to generate and shape new public debate on how to think about Islamist movements after the Arab uprisings.


Rethinking Political Islam

April 21, 2016, Shadi Hamid and William McCants

Rethinking Political Islam is the first project of its kind to systematically assess the post-Arab Spring evolution of mainstream Islamist groups across 12 country cases. The “twin shocks” of the Egyptian coup of July 2013 and the emergence of ISIS are challenging some of the basic assumptions of, and about, Islamist movements. Drawing on extensive field research, authors consider a wide range of issues, including gradual versus revolutionary approaches to change; the use of tactical or situational violence; attitudes toward the state; and how ideology and political variables interact.

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